Small House Big World


In All It’s Glory.

Kelly Reid • December 24, 2014

On December 22nd 2014, Kelly and I became the new owners of a 1993 Pace Arrow by Fleetwood. According to Fleetwood, this model is “the leading edge of refinement”.

We clearly deserve the best.

I can’t disagree.

After a very thorough scouring of internet listings across Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana and Michigan, Kelly and I found our new home.  You can see the final stages of decision-making process here, and more details of the whole process here.  Interestingly, the unit we ended up with was at the bottom of our “tier list”, mainly owing to the fact that it’s “profile pix” on RVTrader looked like crap.

We purchased the unit for $6500, which is $2000 below NADA book value.  We were informed that the leveling jacks were not quite right, but beyond that the unit appeared to be in fantastic shape.  Hat’s off to its previous owners for maintaining it immaculately.  I’ve seen RVs half as old in twice as bad shape. Our intent was to spend $10k on the RV; coming in so far below budget has given us a huge amount of margin for upgrades and repairs.

So what have we done to the RV so far to make it ours?  And perhaps more importantly, what has the RV insisted we do so that it will continue driving?  Let’s review:

  • Before we left, we put 8 new tires on this bad boy, at a cost of around $1200.
  • We had a oil change and coolant flush, and had a mechanic generally look over the inner workings and declare it drive-able. This cost around $350.  
  • The jacks quit working entirely on week 4, but we have found we don’t much miss them and we don’t intend to repair them.
  • Our first big and mean expense was the rear suspension going out, the story of that debacle is detailed here.  This cost us over $3,000 all said and done (like I said, it was a mean one).
  • We also got to experience the joys of a break line bursting apart mid-drive.
  • After a year on the road, I got a complete overhaul of a lot of the major systems. Completely new brakes all around, new shocks, a new exhaust system, new fuel pump and new fuel pressure regulator which cost me EIGHT THOUSAND DOLLARS. It was horrible. And now the RV drives like new. So, whatever. This thing better have eternal life. 

And now, for the fun part. I for one have always enjoyed sneaking a peak into other people’s homes. Our home is quite small, and sometimes cluttered, but I think it makes a nice cozy space. Here you can have a little glimpse into what the RV looks like day-to-day, with 2 adults, 2 cats and one goofy dog. You will notice animals in many of these pictures, and that is because they are everywhere, all the time, relentlessly bothering us in the sweetest and nicest way possible.

From the outside:

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The kitchen area, looking back into the hall that leads to the bedroom.

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What the kitchen looks like AFTER cooking…. (Yes somehow we manage to cook with this amount of counter space, don’t ask me how.)

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The bathroom.

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The driver’s seat:

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Rajah you can’t drive! Your feet don’t reach the pedals!

Control panel + windshield garden. Plants are often kept outside, but sometimes we will throw them on the dash as well.

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Couch potatoes catching some basebell. 

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TV holder in the bedroom has been converted into a kitty cubby. 

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The couch I sit on when it is not occupied (which is rarely).

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The bedroom in back.

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Looking from the driver’s seat backwards.

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The cockpit!

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More images in the gallery below as well!

Kelly Reid • December 24, 2014

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  1. Arele Reid February 21, 2015 - 9:23 pm Reply

    Great looking cabin. Doesn’t even strike me as dated in any way. Captain to Bridge – does Max need a walk?

    • Kelly Reid February 26, 2015 - 10:40 am Reply

      Its a bit 90s, with the gold trim and some of the fabric. But we don’t have to do any major renovations to make it live-able. Though I want to redo the bathroom because its ugly as sin.

  2. Ernie February 28, 2015 - 12:42 am Reply

    Best of luck and safe travels. I recently sold my home in florida and purchased a 2008 monaco 40 ft diesel pusher to travel and live in full time. I have been traveling around sunny warm florida for 6 months now and can’t wait for the weather to brake to start my journey.
    I had the same rv you guys have several yrs back, it had a 454 ci engine and I averaged 9 mpg
    Over the road which I thought was pretty decent given its 42 ft length and weight. I did have all of the smog stuff removed which did improve the mpg. The only thing I had to improve on was improve added a steering stabilizer to help stop the wondering on the highway especially when a tractor trailer went flying by. I like your Web site very much, nice job on it. That’s my next project as I want to document my travels as well.

  3. Judy Woodruff April 1, 2015 - 4:29 am Reply

    Congratulations on your new lifestyle. More and more “younger” people are enjoying the full timing lifestyle. My hub and I are new fulltimers as well, since Nov. 2014. We have a 1995 Safari class a, 38′ that we purchased 3 years ago. We then did a few upgrades to accommodate our lifestyle and 2 cats. You two will have a lot of fun but some frustrating times as well as things break down (at the worst possible times). Think things through thoroughly, do preventive maintenance and replace old, important things before they break. Most of all, have fun but be safe, always! Hope to see you out on the road sometime!!

  4. Jen PermiKids May 2, 2015 - 12:11 am Reply

    That is incredible! In Australia I cannot even find a decent RV for less than $30k USD. I feel it’ll be cheaper to import one of your rigs as opposed to buying one locally.

    • Anna Edgren May 4, 2015 - 2:06 pm Reply

      @ Jen, yes we felt like it was quite a deal!!! It’s not perfect by any means but so far it has worked for a month so we’re calling that success!

    • Kelly Reid May 7, 2015 - 9:47 pm Reply

      You can probably find a tiny old camper van, but that’d be enough for 1, maybe 2 people. Def not a family.

  5. Julie March 1, 2016 - 12:14 pm Reply

    Wow, this is a really nice rig! It was very well taken care of! And it’s not cluttered by you guys at all! I love that the shower looks to be all stainless instead of fiberglass…is that true?

    • Anna Edgren March 14, 2016 - 8:02 pm Reply

      Actually no not stainless! We ended up painting the shower and sink in a metallic gray color to give that look.

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